Hazel Harrison

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Hazel Harrison (May 12, 1883 – April 29, 1969) was an African American concert pianist. She was the first fully American-trained musician to appear with a European orchestra.[1]

Harrison was born in La Porte, Indiana,[2] and spent most of her childhood home schooled. In her 20s Harrison went to Europe for employment and education. She spent most of her time in Berlin performing recitals and performing with the Berlin Philharmonic. She later returned to the states and while performing in Chicago received sponsorship to travel back to Europe. During the next several years Harrison continued her studies with Ferrucio Busoni in Berlin. She then began performing as a concert pianist both in Europe and the U.S.

In 1931, Harrison accepted a job as the head of the piano department at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. In 1936 she moved to Washington, D.C. and accepted a teaching job at Howard University, where she remained until retirement in 1955. While teaching, Harrison still performed in the U.S., and after retirement she accepted positions at Alabama State A&M College and Jackson College[disambiguation needed].

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reveal, Judith C. (2000). "Harrison, Hazel". Women in World History, Vol. 7: Harr-I. Waterford, CT: Yorkin Publications. pp. 23–24. ISBN 0-7876-4066-2. 
  2. ^ Richardson, Deborra A. (1994). "Harrison, Hazel (1883–1969)". Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. pp. 540–541. ISBN 0-253-32774-1. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Cazort, Jean E. and Hobson, Constance Tibbs, Born to Play: The Life and Career of Hazel Harrison, Greenwood Press, 1983 ISBN 0-313-23643-7

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